The American Leader is a results-focused education and news resource covering the progress being made to address the nation’s systemic problems. Our goal is to pull together the best available knowledge on what’s being done now to solve them. One of the problems we are covering is the various aspects of our electoral system that undermine voting rights.
We are looking for a journalist with experience reporting on these related topics who can incorporate a historical perspective into the accelerated – and now highly visible – efforts to limit the people’s voice in American democracy. In approaching this work, the voting rights journalist needs to help our audience sift through the competing priorities and sometimes less visible motivations that are at the core of the debates around gerrymandering, laws and election commission decisions that suppress the vote, domestic and foreign interference, and representational problems inherent in legacy structures like the electoral college.
The journalist will be responsible for producing
- a monthly progress report summarizing efforts to protect and advance the rights of voters (~1500 words, but may be shorter or longer as required)
- a bi-monthly profile of a voting rights leader at the national, state, or local level that examines the solution that person has pursued through insight into their motivations, commitment, and aspirations. (1200-1500 ±)
- an update to our existing intelligence brief on voting rights, and then refreshing it as needed
The journalist will be expected to make connections for our audience as appropriate between the ongoing tug-of-war over voting rights and the current efforts to subvert this most fundamental right of our democracy. At the same time, it is essential that the journalist respect other valid concerns related to voting rights, including the need to ensure the security and integrity of every vote.
- Able to communicate technical nuances to a general audience
- Able to adapt to the framework and tone of The American Leader
- Facile with language and ideas,
- Able to take the reader from the specific instance to the big picture and vice-versa
- Able to identify and pursue topics independently and follow through on those assigned with equal enthusiasm
- Produces well-crafted first drafts that adhere to our progress-minded take on solutions journalism
- Strong researcher, fact-checker, bibliographer
- Willing to collaborate when necessary to achieve results
This position is virtual and will be on contract initially through the end of the calendar year.
Please submit an email with links or attachments to your history (resume, LinkedIn, or other) and samples of relevant work.